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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Jeff Martinek Letter 9/26/04

Dear Editors:
The constant attacks on John Kerry by the Republican slime machine suggesting that he will be soft on terrorism and unwilling to support his own military defies both logic and 20th century history.
Never mind that Kerry himself is a decorated veteran who volunteered for two tours of duty, won a silver star, a bronze star, and three purple hearts in a war avoided by both our current President and Vice President. The charge supposedly sticks simply because he is a Democrat.
But how in God’s name can anyone assert that Democrats are unwilling to wage war and support the military?
A Democrat, Woodrow Wilson, sent Americans to Europe to save Democracy in 1917 (over the vehement objections of isolationist Republicans).
A Democrat, Franklin Roosevelt, responded to Pearl Harbor in 1941 by putting the entire nation on a war footing in order to support the "Greatest Generation" in its struggle against totalitarianism on two fronts.
A Democrat, Harry Truman, made the gravest wartime decision in human history when he choose to drop atomic bombs on Japan in an effort to cut short the slaughter of American G.I.’s. That same Missouri Democrat committed the US to the fight against Communism in Korea.
A Democrat, John F. Kennedy, faced down the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
And finally, for better or worse, it was a Democrat, Lyndon Johnson, who escalated the war against Communist expansion in Vietnam.
Yes, that’s right, every major war of the 20th Century was presided over by a Democrat. And the two world wars which left the U.S. the most powerful international force on the globe were both won with Democrats in office.
Keep that in mind the next time "Five Deferment" Dick Cheney, makes another sneering remark about the mythical softness of Democrats on defense.

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